6 picture books for summer reading

It’s summertime – how better to celebrate than with pictures books that feature green grass, bare feet, and lots of playtime with friends?

5. 'The Giant Jumperee,' by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Helen Oxenbury

The Giant Jumperee (Dial Books, 32 pp., ages 3 to 5), by the award-winning British team of author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Helen Oxenbury, is a story about a group of friends working together. When Rabbit hears a loud voice bellowing threateningly from inside a burrow, he gathers Cat, Bear, and Elephant to help him decide what to do. But it’s Mama Frog who fearlessly confronts the unknown creature, only to make a discovery that quickly shifts the narrative from apprehension to hilarity. Oxenbury’s soft watercolors and pastel colors create a lush countryside and her characterizations of the animals are marvelous.

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